heart of children's experience at school, the government said today.
In a joint announcement from education secretary Charles Clarke and
were urged to work together to help enrich school life for pupils
across the country.
And they unveiled a £70m plan to extend the successful
Creative Partnerships scheme to a further 20 areas around the
Mr Clarke said:
'Creativity isn't an add on. It must form a vital and integral part
of every child's experience of school. Research has shown that, if it
does, it can contribute to improved learning and increased standards
across the school as a whole.'
Ms Jowell said:
'We have an enormously rich cultural life in this country, and school
must be a window to this world. Our cultural organisations have a
responsibility to work with schools to place young people and
education at the heart of everything they do.'
To underline their commitment to creativity, the two Secretaries of
State announced a £70m plan for Arts Council England to develop 20
new Creative Partnerships, the government's flagship programme
linking schools and the cultural sector, over the next two years.
Ms Jowell added:
'The government wants to see young people from all backgrounds have
the chance to use their creativity and imagination in a positive way.
Creative partnerships are the means by which we will make this
happen. Today's commitment - to extend the initiative further - means
that it will be operating in the majority of the neighbourhood
renewal areas by 2006.'
Arts Council chairman Gerry Robinson said:
'Creative partnerships is a hugely important part of Arts Council
England's commitment to creativity and learning in schools.
'Twice as many young people and teachers will have the opportunity to
work with excellent cultural and creative organisations. We are
delighted to be able to double the size of the project and look
forward to creative partnerships benefiting every region in the
More details of the Creative Partnerships initiative, including a
list of those areas already covered by it in Phase 1 can be found on
the Creative Partnerships website at
and on the DCMS website at http://www.culture.gov.uk/arts/arts_education/creative_partnerships.htm
The new Creative Partnership Areas announced today will be introduced
in two phases:
- Phase 2 beginning in December 2003, with activity in schools in
Basildon, Derby City, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Enfield, North/South
Tyneside, Cumbria, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, Plymouth and
Coventry and Bradford
- Phase 3 beginning in April 2004, with activity in schools from
Thurrock, Tendring, Leicester City, Ex-Coalfields Areas (Bolsover,
Mansfield and Ashfield), North and SE Northumberland, East
Lancashire, Hastings and East Sussex, Stokeon Trent, and Sheffield